Last week, the Trump administration proposed changes to the “public charge” determination that is part of the visa evaluation for immigrants. This determination allows immigration officials to consider whether an immigrant will become reliant on government assistance, and it can be used to deny visas. For a fuller definition that you can share with families, please see this resources page from Protecting Immigrant Families, a collaboration between the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC).
While this review has always included cash benefits like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Trump administration is proposing that more programs be added to the review list. The expanded list would include government supports such as Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Importantly, free and reduced-price lunch and Title IV federal student aid, including the Pell Grant, are not included. However, NCAN is already hearing from a few members that families are concerned about filing the FAFSA due to misinformation about these changes.